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Morris axed after 4-18 start at Arkansas

Arkansas fired head coach Chad Morris after just 22 games on Sunday.

The move comes on the heels of a 45-19 home loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday, the 18th defeat since Morris, 50, took over for the Razorbacks in December 2017.

“As part of my continued evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that a change in leadership is necessary to move our football program forward and position it for success,” athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement.

“It is clear that we have not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially within the Southeastern Conference. Throughout our history in football, as well as with our other sport programs, we have demonstrated that the University of Arkansas is capable of being nationally competitive …

“I want to express my personal and professional regard to Coach Morris and thank him for his investment in the lives of our student-athletes.”

Morris, who replaced Bret Bielema, will be owed approximately $10 million of the six-year, $21 million contract he signed with Arkansas. He previously coached at SMU and boasts an 18-40 career record.

Tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Barry Lunney Jr., who played quarterback at Arkansas and is in his seventh season with the team as a coach, will serve as the interim head coach.

Under Morris, the Razorbacks opened the season 2-1, but have dropped seven straight since then. The team went 0-14 in SEC play during his tenure.

Shortly after news leaked of Morris’ dismissal, three-star wide receiver recruit Savion Williams of Marshall, Texas, announced his decommitment from the Razorbacks’ Class of 2020.

Among the remaining 13 commits in the class — at least for now — is four-star quarterback Chandler Morris, the coach’s son.

–Field Level Media

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